CES

The right balance between commercial imperatives and editorial purity has been debated since Benjamin Franklin first made a habit of carrying advertising in the Pennsylvania Gazette. But when the Associated Press announced on Monday that it would be sending out sponsored tweets from Samsung during the Consumer Electronics Show, the news agency still managed to raise eyebrows. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Our highlights from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: LG kicked off the CES press day with its news conference and announcements on OLED, Ultra HD and Smart TVs

Key points: A 55in OLED TV will finally go on sale; an 84in Ultra HD TV is on the way; LG’s smart TV lineup features an improved interface, better voice and gesture controls and new apps including a Verizon FiOS one that gives access to 75 live channels. Its plasma lineup is being reduced from five to three models and CCFLs – the old screen lighting technology for LCDs – are gone, with LG just using LED from now on. Three new screen sizes for Google TV models are being introduced, increasing the offering to five. Read more

Chris Nuttall

We pick our highlights of the product unveilings, bringing you the essential news from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: Roku has added six new TV partners that will use its streaming stick with their sets and announced new content, bringing its internet-streaming offering to more than 700 channels.

Key points: Coby Electronics, Harman Kardon, HiSense, TCL, Voxx and Westinghouse join eight other “Roku-ready” partners that will integrate its streaming service through the stick that fits in an MHL-enabled HDMI port. Fourteen new channel apps are being announced including Blockbuster on Demand movies and live TV channels Fox Now and Time Warner Cable TV, the latter offering up to 300 live TV channels Read more

Chris Nuttall

We pick our highlights of the product unveilings, bringing you the essential news from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: Budget-priced to higher-end monitors from Hewlett-Packard

Key points: Eleven new monitors ranging from a 20in Pavilion monitor to 27in Envy display (pictured). The trends are affordability, in-plane switching (IPS) technology for wide-angle viewing, Full HD resolution, edge-to-edge bezel-less displays, and Beats audio speakers included with the Envy model. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

We pick our highlights of the product unveilings, bringing you the essential news from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: HAPIlabs’ HAPIfork.

Key features: French outfit HAPIlabs has been showing off its “smart fork” at CES, in what appears to be the first example of connected cutlery. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The press previews of CES have just begun and despite a dismal report of a downturn in global consumer electronics spending in 2012, we’re still seeing sustained growth in tech trend buzzwords. Read more

Chris Nuttall

We pick our highlights of the product unveilings, bringing you the essential news from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: Seagate’s Wireless Plus second-generation wireless external hard drive.

Key features: A 1Tb external hard drive with built-in Wi-Fi and a battery that can last for 10 hours. Content on the drive can be streamed to up to eight tablets or smartphones at once. A new feature allows files on such devices to be wirelessly saved to the drive. A USB interface is also included. Read more

Chris Nuttall

We pick our highlights of the product unveilings, bringing you the essential news from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: Lenovo’s first gaming PC, the Erazer X700

Key points: The Erazer’s blue-lit, diamond-cut design is impressive, as are the hardware specs – 32Gb of memory, dual graphics card support, 2013 Intel Core processors – and features such as one-click over clocking, a liquid cooling system and support for up to six monitors. Read more

Chris Nuttall

We pick our highlights of the product unveilings, bringing you the essential news from the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 -11).

What it is: Lenovo’s first “table” PC, the IdeaCentre Horizon.

Key points: The Horizon is a 27in all-in-one PC that can fold to lie flat on any surface and become a huge tablet. Two or more people can use its touchscreen at once, opening up gaming and media-sharing applications using Lenovo’s Aura interface and games such as EA’s Monopoly. The Horizon also comes with e-dice, joystick and striker accessories for games and an optional cart accessory for moving the Horizon around the house and adjusting its angle. Read more

A technician works on a video wall for a Samsung booth as exhibitors prepare for the International CES in Las Vegas

The 2013 International CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week will seek to banish the blues of 2012, where television shipments fell, a new generation of Windows 8 computers disappointed and the year ended with a 7 per cent fall in holiday-season sales.

The annual setting-out of stalls for the industry has already set a record – 1.87m sq ft of exhibition space stretched across this city, up slightly from 1.86m in 2012, as manufacturers pin their hopes for the new year on thousands of products on display for the first time.

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